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Northwest Region Data

The Northwest consists of 18 counties stretching two-thirds of the way across the state.  Its largest city is St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express and Jesse James’ last home.  It also includes such gems as Amish Jamesport and sparkling Conception Abbey, Nodaway County.  Top industries include retail trade, farming, food services, and construction.

The regional average wage was $701 per week in the 3rd Quarter of 2015.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2014 2013 Percent Difference
236.7 233.0 1.6%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2015 Income 2014 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2015
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Andrew County 17,296 $710,486,000 $40,882 $86,330,055
Atchison County 5,306 $268,491,000 $49,887 $52,330,728
Buchanan County 89,100 $3,234,409,000 $36,144 $1,401,329,224
Caldwell County 9,014 $326,968,000 $36,193 $41,774,044
Clinton County 20,609 $767,864,000 $37,828 $99,536,034
Daviess County 8,253 $314,181,000 $37,867 $59,002,179
Dekalb County 12,687 $318,425,000 $25,089 $135,235,321
Gentry County 6,692 $301,257,000 $44,134 $48,713,991
Grundy County 10,097 $351,553,000 $34,476 $89,041,511
Harrison County 8,615 $321,417,000 $37,205 $117,640,683
Holt County 4,484 $207,539,000 $45,956 $42,627,333
Linn County 12,308 $459,769,000 $37,346 $124,675,962
Livingston County 15,028 $531,174,000 $35,287 $217,636,784
Mercer County 3,694 $141,133,000 $37,949 $29,318,649
Nodaway County 22,810 $703,236,000 $30,468 $250,444,541
Putnam County 4,858 $184,263,000 $38,158 $37,623,242
Sullivan County 6,353 $288,345,000 $44,977 $42,950,676
Worth County 2,057 $91,566,000 $44,171 $12,406,482
Northwest Region Summary 259,261 $9,522,076,000 $36,592 $2,888,617,439



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics April 2016
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 10,032 9,681 351 3.5%
Atchison County 3,004 2,894 110 3.7%
Buchanan County 46,795 44,975 1,820 3.9%
Caldwell County 4,557 4,378 179 3.9%
Clinton County 11,089 10,669 420 3.8%
Daviess County 4,297 4,152 145 3.4%
Dekalb County 5,135 4,929 206 4%
Gentry County 3,786 3,655 131 3.5%
Grundy County 5,228 5,011 217 4.2%
Harrison County 4,105 3,956 149 3.6%
Holt County 2,841 2,761 80 2.8%
Linn County 5,312 5,018 294 5.5%
Livingston County 7,485 7,197 288 3.8%
Mercer County 2,037 1,942 95 4.7%
Nodaway County 11,463 11,000 463 4%
Putnam County 2,650 2,545 105 4%
Sullivan County 2,932 2,780 152 5.2%
Worth County 1,256 1,224 32 2.5%
Northwest Region Summary 134,004 128,767 5,237 3.9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
3rd Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 237 15,545 $192,610,008 $953 1.2%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,176 13,380 $133,387,737 $767 0.5%
44 - Retail Trade 796 12,201 $69,415,132 $438 2%
56 - Administrative and waste services 258 3,956 $23,885,327 $464 11.9%
42 - Wholesale trade 351 3,434 $38,356,272 $859 2.2%
23 - Construction 600 3,321 $43,040,132 $997 1.7%
52 - Finance and insurance 402 3,130 $37,418,771 $920 0.4%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 243 2,469 $23,181,662 $722 3.3%
81 - Other services, except public administra 475 2,237 $14,266,513 $491 1.3%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 143 1,855 $15,340,894 $636 10.4%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
3rd Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 5,872 74,838 $681,973,632 $701 1.4%
311 - Food manufacturing 39 5,976 $69,182,226 $891 1.7%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 231 3,765 $22,276,285 $455 12.5%
622 - Hospitals 9 3,754 $52,103,861 $1,068 0.9%
332 - Fabricated metal product manufacturing 46 2,598 $35,577,554 $1,053 0.4%
624 - Social Assistance 781 2,462 $9,899,538 $309 4.4%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 67 1,995 $8,677,665 $335 0.5%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 383 1,937 $21,792,837 $865 2.9%
325 - Chemical manufacturing 16 1,874 $32,607,272 $1,338 2.9%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 154 1,783 $19,234,781 $830 4.1%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2014
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 100 $123.99 $100 $99.42 NA $257,901 $208,004 $206,794 NA
291021 - Dentists, General 30 $100.46 $92.66 $43.49 NA $208,949 $192,743 $90,467 NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 180 $92.65 $88.34 $57.06 $110.45 $192,721 $183,746 $118,676 $229,743
291061 - Anesthesiologists NA $91.3 $92.02 $27.67 $123.12 $189,908 $191,402 $57,553 $256,086
291041 - Optometrists NA $86.78 $71.79 $52.32 $104.01 $180,498 $149,324 $108,829 $216,333
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $74.88 $71.78 $59.5 $82.57 $155,747 $149,304 $123,768 $171,736
291051 - Pharmacists 230 $57.96 $59.54 $50.03 $61.93 $120,556 $123,847 $104,058 $128,805
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 40 $54.89 $52.68 $39.88 $62.39 $114,167 $109,582 $82,955 $129,773
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 30 $54.22 $56.75 $45.18 $58.74 $112,774 $118,032 $93,980 $122,171
111011 - Chief Executives 240 $48.5 $43.24 $15.82 $64.84 $100,887 $89,944 $32,916 $134,872

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 7 10 3 42.9% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
512099 - Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 292 393 101 34.6% 15 54 - Above Average B+
212011 - Clergy 29 39 10 34.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 41 55 14 34.1% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 50 67 17 34% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
151143 - Computer Network Architects 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
192032 - Materials Scientists 3 4 1 33.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 33 44 11 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
291181 - Audiologists 6 8 2 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
535021 - Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A

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Consumer Price Index by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); all other tables produced by MERIC in cooperation with BLS.